Main Street Bikes serves as point of connection for first time and experienced bikers. Customers amble through an exhaustive collection of new and used road cycles from Raleigh, BH, Fuji, and Campagnolo or load up on accessories such as racks, saddle bags, tires, and race clothing. In the shop, a percussive chorus of tools fills the air as mechanics true wheels, install new parts, and pull brake lines tight. The crew also prepares cyclist for upcoming road races with a program of training workouts and hot tips about which rider is actually a Corvette covered by a tarp.
Since its publishing debut in 2007, Shelby County Life has been chronicling local happenings with photos and articles about the people and settings of Shelby County. As the only full-color publication in the county, the magazine zeros in on the meaning of community and the properties of the rainbow. The first week of each month, anxiously waiting reader doorsteps receive an issue brimming with articles on local school events, personal stories of county residents, and an assortment of noteworthy bits about everyday life in Shelby County. Keep up with the happenings in the vicinity from the coziness of the couch while the postman reliably delivers 12 issues a year, from the snows of January through the mistletoe monsoons of December.
Merle Norman encourages patrons to try samples of its sundry age-spurning skincare products and cosmetics before buying, and its well-practiced beauty wranglers will help customers determine their signature look with free makeovers. The summer collection of eyeliners, blushes, and lipsticks preps visages for a season of fashionable sun-drenching and unfashionable popsicle explosions. Otherwise, iron out the brow-furrows from extended monocle wear with wrinkle smoother ($49.95), or send crow’s feet scampering with wrinkle smoother for eyes ($28.95). Skin cleansers ($19.95) clear flesh-canvases of acne, blemishes, and obscene graffiti, and toners ($16.95) hydrate parched cheeks and arid chinlands.
With a variegated arsenal of fabrics disbursed by the yard, Making Ends Meet boasts three floors worth of woven offerings and pigmented patterns. Intrepid quilting-square seekers can pick up textiles crafted from everything from cotton to silk. Outdoor fabrics such as Duralee Fabric Sealife ($14 / yd.) blanket patio pillows or yacht-top furniture in a colorful oceanic motif, while Robert Allen Floral Branches ($19 / yd.) adds a delicate, silky touch to living rooms, kitchens, or pampered hamster habitats. The shop's militia of seam-happy staffers helps burgeoning upholsterers find the perfect fabric or handmade decorative tassel ($25–$37.50) to suit any couch cover or flea-circus tent.
Mark's Hallmark hosts unique gifts and Hallmark greeting cards that creatively accent any holiday or special occasion. In the absence of sufficient stashes of construction paper for homemade coupon books, offspring can bestow a Mommy & Me or Grandma & Me keepsake journal upon hard-working matriarchs, both of which include a recording feature where gifters can personalize a message with their own dulcet tones ($24.99 each). Decorative keepsakes such as the Willow Tree Angel of the Heart figurine gift set bequeath knick-knack lovers with a heavenly mantelpiece accent ($14.99), and a trio of candles from Yankee Candle Company greets Mother's Day with aromas of sun and sand, pineapple and cilantro, and lilac blossom ($19.99). New mothers can outfit fresh progeny in a Mud Pie baby outfit ($27.99+).
Currently nominated for Best Bookstore in a WHAS11.com reader’s poll, Karen's Book Barn and its literary-obsessed staff facilitates book buying with its inventory of more than 30,000 publications. Novel-worms can feed thirsty brains with Karen’s both new and used books (books range from $0.50 to $25). Study Java Stop's menu and its caffeinated concoctions, from a cup of its locally roasted Java Brewing Company coffee to its large café au lait ($3.45). Readers can relax with their steamy cup of java while skimming some of the shop’s newer additions, including Toni Toney's The Eco Diet or Jim Miller's WWII story Counter Intelligence. Cure television tedium with a science-fiction epic, an historical tome, or by hiding your TV under a pile of books with today’s Groupon to Karen’s Book Barn & Java Shop.